Post offices to be roped in for direct benefit transfers
The direct cash benefit transfer scheme was launched on January 1 this year across 20 districts. The same will be scaled up to 46 districts by the end of March. But there are a number of non-Aadhaar states where the enrolment is being doing by the Registrar General of India because of concerns raised by home ministry.
The move is aimed at including more Aadhaar and non-Aadhaar based transfers via post offices in the next leg of the DBT roll out. The existing accounts in post offices will be used to disburse benefits of scholarships, pensions, wage payments and other subsidies. Already post offices are disbursing Central pensions and MNREGA wages via their accounts.
The government has asked India Post to speed up the connectivity of post offices under a common software for banking solution in several of the districts where they have a significant number of account holders of those who are covered by the
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